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The Bright Side of the Texas Panhandle

Bad news is an abundant commodity these days. You can find it everywhere you turn. From social media, to print news, to television, to the radio, there is no shortage of sad, depressing news. So much so, we often fail to see what is occurring before our eyes. It’s easy to lose our way in the shadows of negativity. But without some brilliant light, there would be no shadows. There is always a positive light shining somewhere if we only take time to look.

We have a solution

At the Amarillo Area Foundation, we are fortunate to get a daily glimpse at the multitude of ways people across the Panhandle shine through filling needs in their communities. Every day we see people volunteering, giving of their time and financial resources. Sadly, these types of stories don’t make the news often. That is why the Amarillo Area Foundation has created The Bright Side. Each Tuesday at 6:00 PM on News Channel 10, The Bright Side will spotlight one of our fund holders in a one-minute media package courtesy of the Amarillo Area Foundation. The purpose of this endeavor is to focus on the positive news in the Texas Panhandle while helping organizations and projects gain exposure to potential donors, volunteers, and those desiring their services. By providing this service for our fund holders, we hope the positive light they are shining will be amplified for more people to see. We hope people become inspired to both be and see a shining light in their corner of the Panhandle. And, we hope even more needs are filled from the arts, to education, to human services, to healthcare.

Here’s our first two in the series:

WEEK 1
WEEK 2

A Year of Positive News

For the next year, plan to see the good works of 52 different fund holders at the Amarillo Area Foundation. May it open your eyes to the generous, positive people surrounding you in the Panhandle. May it open your mind to identifying needs in your community. May it open your heart to fulfilling those needs becoming part of the bright side of the Texas Panhandle.

Tune in each Tuesday at 6:00 PM to see The Bright Side on NewsChannel 10.

The Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation 2017 Request for Proposals

The Amarillo Area Foundation is now accepting applications for the Discretionary Grant (DG) and Catalyst Grant (CG) program. The application process is competitive and nonprofit organizations located within the top twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle are encouraged to apply.  Visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/grants and click on “Foundation Grant Programs” for full information regarding both programs.

The DG program accepts grant requests of over $20,000 and the CG Program accepts grant requests between $2,500 to $20,000.  In addition to other eligibility criteria, an organization may only submit a grant application to the Amarillo Area Foundation once per twelve-month period and must choose to submit either a CG or a DG application.  

In 2017, the Discretionary/Catalyst grant cycles will be as follows: 

Applications Due

Board Review

March 1

April/May

June 30

August/September

November 1*

December*


*There will be a third Catalyst Grant cycle (November/December);

however, the third Discretionary Grant cycle will only be held if funds are available. 

Applications are available at aaf.spectrumportal.net and must be submitted through the online portal.  Please visit http://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/application-2016 to access more information about the Spectrum Portal and the application process.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff to arrange an appointment to discuss the potential request or with questions. For more information about AAF or applying for grants call (806) 376-4521 or e-mail grants@aaf-hf.org.

 

The AAF Community Health Foundation Awards $83,000 in Grants to Healthcare Projects throughout the Panhandle

 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2016

AMARILLO – The Board of Directors of the AAF Community Health Foundation, doing business as the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC), have awarded a total of $83,000 to seven nonprofit organizations and five institutions of higher learning in their first grant cycle.  HRMC is a supporting organization of the Amarillo Area Foundation and its mission is to promote quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through exceptional healthcare, education, and research.

The Amarillo Botanical Gardens, Don Harrington Discovery Center, and Ronald McDonald House are residents of the Harrington Medical Campus and received support for capital projects. Arrow Child & Family Ministries, Downtown Women’s Center, Hansford County Hospital District, and the West Texas A&M University Foundation received funds from the HRMC Community Health Grant Program for capital or program related expenses.

Full list of recipients is available here.

The Hansford County Hospital District received the largest grant. They were awarded $15,000 to certify Registered Nurses as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and train more EMTs in order to ensure that necessary staff are available and properly trained to transfer patients to a higher level of care when needed.  The project will reduce long Emergency Room transfer times and unnecessary transfers by flight.

Amarillo College, Clarendon Community College, Frank Phillips Community College, Texas Tech University, and West Texas A&M University received funds for scholarships to area students and professionals pursuing healthcare related education. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate a commitment to locate in the region and contribute to area communities.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per twelve month period to the HRMC Community Health Program; however, receiving an HRMC grant does not affect eligibility for Amarillo Area Foundation discretionary and other competitive grants. HRMC Grant Program applications are anticipated to reopen in the summer of 2017 and will be due at noon on September 1, 2017.

Please contact grants@aaf-hf.org or call 806-376-4521 with questions.

About the Amarillo Area Foundation

The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle.  Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver

AAF/HF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

for_immediate_release_actual_-copyEach year, the Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, consider grant requests from charitable organizations located within the northernmost 26 counties of Texas.  The application process is competitive and charitable organizations located within the Texas Panhandle are encouraged to apply.  (Individuals and non-charitable agencies are not eligible to apply for funding.)  Grant applications are considered by the Amarillo Area Foundation and its supporting organization, The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, via a single application.  The Harrington Foundation does not receive grant requests directly from nonprofit organizations.

The Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation have limited Discretionary Grant funds that remain unallocated for 2016.  Nonprofits with moderate grant requests (not to exceed $50,000) are encouraged to apply.  Due to the shortened grant cycle, please contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator (376.4521 or kathie@aaf-hf.org) if your organization plans to apply.

In addition, the newly formed Catalyst Grant program, which provides grant awards from $2,500 to $20,000 for programs and projects that fall within the Foundation focus areas, is also accepting applications.  (Please note, organizations who seek grant funding in excess of $20,000 will continue to utilize the Discretionary Grant application.)  There is a special focus in the Catalyst Grant program on capacity building and general operating requests.

An organization may only submit a grant application to the Amarillo Area Foundation once per twelve-month period and must choose to submit either a Catalyst Grant application or a Discretionary Grant application.  In addition, any reporting requirements of a previous Foundation grant must be fulfilled before an organization is eligible to apply.  Visit www.amarilloareafoundation.org/grants and click on ‘Foundation Grant Programs’ for guidelines and priorities. The deadline for both programs is October 24, 2016, at 12:00 noon.  Decisions for funding will be made in early December 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal aaf.spectrumportal.net.  Please click on the ‘Application’ page of the grants page to get more information about the Spectrum Portal and the application process. Upon submission, applications and accompanying materials become the property of the Foundation and are used as deemed appropriate.  These materials may be reviewed with others as part of the assessment process.  Information may also be shared with other foundations and funding sources that call for information about community projects.

ClICK HERE for RFP as a document.

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The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.  The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for residents in the Texas Panhandle.  Since inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

Panhandle Pattern Wind Grant Given

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PATTERN PANHANDLE WIND AWARDS $25,000 TO PANHANDLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT IN SECOND GRANT CYCLE

The Amarillo Area Foundation will distribute $25,000 to Panhandle Independent School District in the second grant cycle of the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program. An additional grant cycle for the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program was held to disburse the remaining $25,000 allocated for organizations providing direct educational opportunities for Carson County residents.

Earlier this year on behalf of Pattern Energy, the Amarillo Area Foundation distributed $175,000 to various Carson County civic and education organizations. Pattern Energy’s Panhandle Wind facility established the Panhandle Wind Community Benefits Program at the Amarillo Area Foundation to benefit residents of Carson County. An advisory committee of Carson County residents reviews grant applications, recommends specific charitable projects to support, and advises on the timing and size of distributions.

The $25,000 distribution to Panhandle Independent School District from this grant cycle will purchase a plasma cutter for Panhandle High School’s welding and metal trade programs, as well as upgrade its culinary arts program. Continue reading

HRMC Grant Cycle Now Open

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Request for Proposals

The AAF Community Health Foundation, otherwise known as the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC), is proud to announce new grant programs.

The intent of the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC) Resident Grant Program and the Harrington Regional Medical Campus (HRMC) Community Health Grant Program is to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare ultimately leading to an improved quality of life for residents of the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.

Both grant programs are competitive and proposals for healthcare related projects will be accepted from organizations that hold a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; a recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; a K-12 public school, community/junior college, state college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

HRMC Resident Grant Program: The HRMC Board will accept grant applications from Medical Campus resident nonprofit institutions and other eligible organizations located in the Medical Campus for projects and capital improvements.  Preference will be given to Ronald McDonald House, Turn Center, Amarillo Botanical Gardens, Don Harrington Discovery Center, and Coffee Memorial Blood Center.   $21,000 is available and proposals for up to $20,000 will be accepted. High priority will be given to specific project-related proposals.  Operational support is a low priority.

HRMC Community Health Grant Program: The HRMC Board will accept grant proposals from eligible organizations located throughout the 26 county region.  $42,000 is available and proposals for up to $20,000 will be accepted.  High priority will be for specific project-related proposals as well as challenge and/or matching grants.  Proposals will be accepted for capital projects, capacity building, innovative projects, and research projects.  Operational support is a low priority.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per twelve month period; however, Medical Campus Residents may submit a grant application to both the HRMC Resident Grant Program and the HRMC Community Health Grant Program in the same year

The Amarillo Area Foundation will accept applications for both the HRMC Resident Grant program and the HRMC Community Health Grant Program until noon on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  Applications for both grant programs must be submitted through the Foundation’s online portal which can be accessed on the Internet at aaf.spectrumportal.net. Applications or parts of applications submitted in any other manner (paper, e-mail, etc.) will not be accepted.  For more information regarding the online application please see www.amarilloareafoundation.org/application-2016.

Selection Process Both grant programs are competitive. Applications will be reviewed by AAF staff for eligibility and completeness. The HRMC Board of Directors will review the applications and make funding decisions.

For information on how to apply go here: http://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/hrmc-grant-programs

Contact information Contact grants@aaf-hf.org or call 806.376.4521 with any questions.

Amarillo Area Foundation Request for Grant Proposals

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On behalf of Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, responsible for the management and operations of the Pantex Plant, the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP). The Advisory Committee for the CNS Pantex Community Investment Fund, a component fund of the Amarillo Area Foundation, will entertain proposals from nonprofit and charitable institutions throughout the twenty-six northernmost counties in the Texas Panhandle (individuals and non-charitable organizations are not eligible). Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $10,000. The application process will be competitive. Organizations who fit the eligibility requirements and whose work is in line with the priorities are encouraged to apply. The priorities for funding are:

  • Basic Needs (Food, Clothing, and Shelter)
  • Children, Youth, and Family
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations located and operating in twelve contiguous counties surrounding the Pantex Plant. These counties include Deaf Smith, Oldham, Moore, Hutchison, Gray, Donley, Hall, Armstrong, Swisher, Randall, Potter, and Carson.

Applications are available online at aaf.spectrumportal.net and are due August 15, 2016 by 12:00 noon. See www.amarilloareafoundation.org/application-2016 for instructions on how to register in the Spectrum portal. If you have any questions about eligibility or the grant process, please contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator, at 806.376.4521 or kathie@aaf-hf.org. If you have any questions about priorities, please contact Jessica Tudyk, Grants Manager, at 806.376.4521 or jessica@aaf-hf.org. Anticipated timeline is below.

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The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle. Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

The Amarillo Area Foundation Awards over $1 Million to Area Nonprofits

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

AMARILLO – The Board of Directors of the Amarillo Area Foundation, and its supporting organization The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, have awarded $1,025,144 in grants with their general grantmaking funds.

The Amarillo Area Foundation has also awarded an additional $325, 446 this year through funds established by local industry employers such as CNS Pantex, and Pattern Panhandle Wind Energy. The Kathy Ryan family also awarded $30,000 to local firefighters to honor the anniversary of their mother’s passing.

Fourteen Amarillo area nonprofit organizations were approved for funding with discretionary grantmaking dollars. 57% of the projects supported in this grant cycle were capital projects. Among the capital projects supported is a $500,000 grant to Heal the City for renovations at the former Midtown Branch YMCA to create a usable room for wellness activities. The other 43% of projects supported were program based.

President and CEO, Clay Stribling said, “Our first discretionary grant cycle really emphasizes our commitment to various aspects of community health. Not only do we want to improve the physical health for our constituents, we also want to support healthy communities with healthy economies and nonprofit organizations.”

“Applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations from across the Panhandle. Proposals were then reviewed by Area Foundation staff and presented to the board for consideration,” said Katharyn Wiegand, Vice President of Community Engagement.

Visit amarilloareafoundation.org/grants for more information on upcoming grant cycles. For questions about eligibility or the grant process contact Kathie Grant, Grants Administrator at kathie@aaf-hf.org. For questions regarding Foundation priorities and focus areas, contact Jessica Tudyk, Grants Manager at jessica@aaf-hf.org . Both can also be reached at 806-376-4521.

The full list of recipients is available here.

 

About the Amarillo Area Foundation

The Amarillo Area Foundation is a community foundation that serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle. Since its inception in 1957, the Foundation has provided grants and a variety of other services to strengthen nonprofit organizations and the services they deliver.

WHY ACE: All in

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“After high school comes college!” If you’ve been at any Amarillo ISD campus you’re probably familiar with this gregarious chant. It’s inspiring to see kids putting the pieces together from Pre-K to high school and on to college. In this week’s WHY ACE blog,
we wanted to see how ACE is affecting the college campuses, we’ll focus on Amarillo College this week and West Texas A&M University next week.

I think it’s fair to say that ACE’s success hinges on the willingness of all parties to collaborate. That becomes clear when we look at how much collaboration is required at the college level. At Amarillo College, they have created special processes designed specifically for ACE.

“We start our interactions in high school,” Kelly Prater, Director of Financial Aid at AC, says. “We have hands-on FAFSA nights, at all the ACE campuses while they are still in high school.”

The work doesn’t stop there; because one of the requirements of ACE is to apply for student aid every year. Prater and her team also work with currently enrolled students too.

“Now you have financial aid, and this is what you have to do to keep it,” explained Prater. “Once we have determined a student will qualify, ACE picks up any remaining balance keeping students from needing loans.”

ACE has had a profound effect on the Amarillo College campus through its 20 plus years. ACE brought new demographics of students to the campus and has changed who is attending college.

“Caprock became the number one feeder high school for Amarillo College. Since the 70’s Amarillo High had been,” explained Bob Austin, VP of Student Affairs. “And it’s not like there are less students coming from Amarillo High, but now with ACE, Amarillo College is the college of choice for Caprock students.”

In the early days of ACE, Amarillo College was certainly happy to have a new demographic of students on campus, but with new demographics comes some thinking about how to influence those students. Austin contends that higher education was not set up for students with the unique needs.

“Our attitude, historically, in higher education, has been, even if you’re admitted to the college you haven’t proven you’re college material until you navigate all the stuff we throw at you,” said Austin. “False obstacles that are designed to do nothing more than trip you up, and prove over and over again if you really deserve to be here. We are working hard to knock those down.”

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AAF Launches the Catalyst Grant Program

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Amarillo Area Foundation’s newest grant-making program, the Catalyst Grant program, has broad appeal to organizations with relatively small grant requests. The program will provide awards for organizations requesting between $2,500 to $20,000 for projects focusing on education, health, human services, and poverty. The Foundation is hopeful the Catalyst Grant program will help meet some of the capacity building and general operating needs of the local nonprofit community.

Adding to the innovation of the Catalyst Grant program is a committee of 15-20 residents aged 45 and under from the top 26 counties of the Panhandle that will review the applications. Committee members will commit to a two-year term and review grant requests. The purpose of the committee is to engage younger individuals from across the Panhandle to help make funding decisions and involve them in philanthropy.

An additional bonus of the Catalyst Grant program is an abbreviated application. Project requirements are still similar to the Foundation’s Discretionary Grant program. Applicants must be a charitable organization from the top 26 counties of the Panhandle with appropriate financial documentation. The same exclusions will also apply to the Catalyst Grant program as the Discretionary Grant program. Organizations will not be considered if they: submit more than one proposal to AAF in a 12 month period; resubmit previously declined proposals; resubmit a proposal for a project that has been previously funded by the Foundation; or, have unfulfilled reporting requirements from a previous grant.

Organizations can only apply to either the Foundation’s Discretionary Grant program or the Catalyst Grant program in a given year; they cannot apply to both. If organizations have an open grant within the Discretionary Grant program, they are ineligible to apply for the Catalyst Grant program. Nonprofit organizations who seek funding in excess of $20,000 will continue to utilize the Foundation’s Discretionary Grant program.

Applications for the Catalyst Grant program will open in April and are due at noon on Friday, July 1, 2016. Here’s the link to apply: Catalyst Grant

By Katharyn Wiegand